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Space scientist

Hajime Yano, Japanese space scientist. Achievements include invention of fluid coil actuator in 1994.


Yano, Hajime was born on August 13, 1967 in Ogikubo, Tokyo. Son of Norio Ide and Kazue Yano.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, International Christian University, Tokyo, 1991. Certified, University California, Berkeley, 1990. Certified of completion, International Space University, 1993.

Doctor of Philosophy in Space Sciences, University Kent at Canterbury, England, 1995.


Research assistant Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Sagamihara, Japan, 1991. Chief operator, instructor Orion Observatory/Planetarium, Tateshina, Japan, 1991. Laboratory demonstrator University Kent, Canterbury, England, 1992-1994.

Warden Chaucer College Canterbury, 1993-1995. Research fellow Planetary Science Division Institute Space and Astronautical Science, Sagamihara, Japan, 1995-1998. National Research Council research associate National Aeronautics and Space Administration Johnson Space Center, Houston, 1998-1999.

Assistant professor department planetary science Institute Space and Astronaut. Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Sagamihara, Japan, since 1999. Assistant professor Graduate University Advanced Studies, Kanagawa, since 2003.

Board trustees International Space University, Strasbourg, France, 1996—1997. Co-investigator various planetary and space mission experiments, since 1993. Principal investigator meteoroid and space debris impact analysis Space Flyer Unit ISAS/NASDA/USEF, 1995—1998, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Leonid meteor stream multi-instrument aircraft campaign, 1998—2002.

Co-developer, co-investigator asteroid sampling device JAXA Hayabusa (MUSES-C). Member National Aeronautics and Space Administration Cometary Dust Sample Return Stardust Preliminary Examination Team, since 2005.


  • Achievements include invention of fluid coil actuator in 1994.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Asteroid Impacts (in Japanese), 1998. Translator: Fire on the Earth, 1997, What Remains to be Discovered, 2000. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Executive committee member Japan National Student Association Fund, Tokyo, 1987-1991. National delegate Ship for World Youth Program, Tokyo, 1992. With Reserve Officers Training Corps, 1990.

Fellow: Royal Astronomical Society. Member: Japan Spaceguard Association (board directors 1996—2000), The Planetary Society, Committee Space Research, Japanese Society Aeronautics and Space Sciences, Japanese Society Planetary Sciences (council member since 2005).


  • Other Interests

    Star observation, travel, swimming, scuba-diving, art works.


Norio Ide

Kazue Yano